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Brimonidine Tartrate

Brimonidine Tartrate is a selective alpha-2 adrenergic agonist for ophthalmic use. This prescription medication is an ophthalmic solution that has a clear and greenish-yellow color. Brimonidine Tartrate Ophthalmic Solution was previously approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996.

What condition does Brimonidine Tartrate treat?

Brimonidine Tartrate is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of open-angle glaucoma. Open angle-glaucoma is by far the most common type of glaucoma. It comes on so gradually and painlessly that you can go years without knowing that you have it.

Open-angle glaucoma usually occurs in people over 50 and gets worse over time. The solution is to get tested and catch it early. As soon as you know you have it, you could get the medicine to slow it down and protect your eyesight. 

How does Brimonidine Tartrate work?

Open-angle glaucoma can cause high fluid pressure in the eye. By lowering the high fluid pressure in the eyes, it decreases the risk of;

Brimonidine Tartrate helps lower pressure by permitting better fluid drainage from within the eye. This prescription also decreases the amount of fluid formed in the eye. 

How to use Brimonidine Tartrate?

  • Wash your hands first before applying the eye drops.
  • Do not allow it touch your eye or touch the dropper tip to prevent contamination.
  • Lean your head back look upward and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch.
  • Look down and gradually close your eyes for at least 1 minute. Place one finger at the corner of your eye and apply gentle pressure.
  • Do not rub your eye and try not to blink. This will prevent the medicine from draining out.
  • Use this prescription usually three times every day or as directed by your doctor. Do the same steps for your other eye or as directed your doctor.
  • If you are using contact lenses, take it away before using the eye drop. After applying the eye drops, wait for at least 15 minutes before putting in again your contact lenses.
  • Do not wash the dropper. Just replace the dropper cap after every use.
  • Before applying the other medications wait for at least 5 minutes. It’s only if you are using another kind of eye medication. Consult your doctor for further instructions.
  • Apply eye drops before using eye ointments.
  • Keep using this medication even if you feel well. Do not stop using this prescription without consulting your doctor.
  • Remember to use it at the same time each day. Inform your doctor if your condition gets worse.
  • Keep in mind to store the drug far from excess heat or moisture, children, and pets.

What are the precautions in using Brimonidine Tartrate?

  • Do not take Brimonidine Tartrate if you are allergic to it or if you are taking tricyclic antidepressants medicine. You need to check with your doctor if you are taking medicines for depression.
  • The drug can make you drowsy or blur your vision. Do not use any machinery or drive unless you know you can do it safely.
  • Before you use Brimonidine Tartrate, talk to your healthcare provider if you suffer from heart disease, depression, reduced mental capacity, or if you had kidney or liver problems in the past.
  • This treatment is not recommended for use in children between 2 and 12 years of age.
  • If you are breast-feeding, pregnant, or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor for advice before taking Brimonidine Tartrate. This medicine should not be used while breast-feeding.
  • An overdose s is unlikely in adults. In children, overdose has been reported in those receiving Brimonidine Tartrate as part of treatment for glaucoma. Contact your doctor instantly if a child develops signs of breathing difficulties, floppiness, sleepiness, or low temperature. If the eye drops are accidentally swallowed, you should contact your doctor right away.

Price of Generic Brimonidine Tartrate vs. Alphagan P

The generic Brimonidine Tartrate is very effective in reducing the pressure within the eyeball. This drug is a lot cheaper than the branded name Alphagan P. Brimonidine Tartrate 0.15% 5ml only costs $14 per bottle and 0.20% 5ml bottles costs $16.99. The cost of branded Alphagan P costs $30.95 per bottle with the same strength.